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National Audit Office issues update on UK Government’s National Cyber Security Programme

by Brian Sims

The National Audit Office has published an update on the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme for the Committee of Public Accounts. The Programme’s objectives include tackling cyber crime and making the United Kingdom one of the most secure places in the world in which to do business. The National Audit Office (NAO) report finds that the Government has made good progress in improving its understanding of the most sophisticated threats to national security. However, the level of understanding of threats to wider public services is varied. While exports in UK cyber products and services have increased by 22% between 2012 and 2013, progress in encouraging trade and exports has been slow and, according to the NAO’s survey of stakeholders, this is the objective against which the Government currently has the poorest performance. Some progress has been made in encouraging businesses and citizens to mitigate risks, particularly in enticing larger companies to take action. That said, the Government has had a limited impact in targeting SMEs and struggled to communicate guidance in a way that meets their needs. The Programme’s financial management and governance mechanisms are strong, and the Government is on track to spend the Programme’s budget of

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